I'm looking for the most awesome looking bike i can get for $500. I went to a couple bike shops and road around the $200 bikes and the $2000 bikes and found that i couldn't really tell the difference between all the expensive derailers, shifters, shocks ect. In fact i like cheapo shimano c shifters over SRAM x9s. I just want something that looks awesome/unique. I don't really care about disc breaks or rear suspension, but they generally make the bike look a lot better. I'll mostly be riding on walking paths and maybe some paved but rocky trails.